Product review: stuffing my face with caviar

I’ve accepted Elizabeth Grant’s invitation to stuff my face with caviar. Well, to be more specific: I’m nourishing my skin with caviar extract from non-endangered salmon.

The reigning queen of skin care on The Shopping Channel says her Golden Caviar Eye Pads ($50 for six pouches — almost as much as a 28-gram tin of American paddlefish caviar) smooths away fine lines around the eyes with vitamin E and Omega 3 fatty acids, an essential nutrient for skin rejuvenation. The eye pads also have an algae-based skin tightener and Agiriline, which Elizabeth Grant calls “nature’s Botox.” Jennifer Lopez is reportedly a huge fan of the product.

I enlisted my boyfriend’s mother, Helen, to help test it. She calls me her potential daughter-in-law, which I hope she means lovingly but I’ve heard that it is not always a term of endearment. So I’m hoping this product is effective, because otherwise, I’ll literally and figuratively have egg on my face.

The process: The eye pads are individually wrapped in slick black and gold packaging. Helen is a busy lady and she expressed dissatisfaction with possibly having to “lie back” for 15 minutes; but the cool, slimy eye pads cling to your skin. So you could stay at your computer or prepare dinner (I wouldn’t run on a treadmill though) with the pads working their tingly magic under your eyes.

We removed the pads after 15 minutes and daubed the remaining emulsion into the eye area.

The verdict: The easy-to-use pads left our skin soft and extra dewy with the moisture lasting for hours. Helen reported that the skin under her eyes appeared more firm.

For the best results, Elizabeth Grant suggests using the product 2-3 times a week after cleansing. This could add up to as much as $1,200 a year. You could enjoy the same cooling and relaxing feeling using cold cucumber slices. But to get the benefits of the sea proteins, vitamins and minerals, you have to be willing to pay for it. While we liked using the product and were pleased with the results, the price is a bit high for egg on our faces.

(Originally published in the National Post April 20, 2011)

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